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Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Avocado and cucumber soup with watercress and lime is a vegan recipe that can be served hot or cold

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  • Serves 6

  • Prep time 15 mins

  • Cooking time 10 mins

  • Total time 25 mins

  • Calories 170 per serving

  • Prepare ahead yes

Ingredients

  • 1tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 750ml (1 1/3pt) vegetable stock
  • 85g (3 1/2oz) watercress
  • 3 avocados, stoned
  • juice 2 limes

Preparation

If you're a real lover of avocado then why not try this soup which can be enjoyed chilled, or heated if you fancied something to warm you up. It's a really fresh and light idea for lunch or as a starter if you were feeling brave enough to cook a three course meal. The juice of the limes gives it a nice zesty kick and the cool and neutral taste of the cucumber leaves your palette cleansed, how pleasant! Make sure the avocados are ripe before use, otherwise the texture won't be as deliciously smooth. 


HOW TO MAKE CHILLED AVOCADO AND CUCUMBER SOUP

  1. Heat the sunflower oil then cook the onion and cucumber for 5 minutes with a good pinch of salt over a medium heat until just softened. Add the stock, bring to the boil then take off the heat. Add the watercress and stand for a few minutes until it has wilted.

  2. Once this soup base is cool enough, place in a food processor or blender and pulse. Scoop out the avocado with a spoon, add the flesh to the processor and pulse until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add the juice of both limes. Place in a bowl, cover the surface directly with clingfilm, then cover again. Store in the fridge until cold.

  3. To serve, check for seasoning as cooling will dull the flavours, then serve with ice cubes.